Maria Sharapova may not be making her welcomed return at next week's Indian Wells tourney after all.
According to Maria Sharapova Blog, an inside source has confirmed the Russian glamazon will be pulling out due to the slow recovery from her shoulder injury and surgery. The former top lady baller hasn't been seen on the court since last August but was scheduled to compete at the Paris Open + Dubai before withdrawing. She had been spotted recently practicing at Nick Bollettieri's in preparation for her return to the WTA Tour.
Shrieka's still entered in the draw at the newly-name PNB Paribas Open, however, while her website has remained mum on the rumor.
If it's true, let's hope she gets healthy quickly and returns to action. However, I think at this point it's fair to say her long-term prospects have come seriously into question.
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